POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 21, 2011
LONDON (AP) — The parents of murdered teen Milly Dowler say that phone hacking on behalf of a British tabloid made them think that she was still alive.
Sally Dowler told the inquiry investigating Britain's media ethics that her 13-year-old daughter's phone had been cleared of some messages shortly after she disappeared in early 2002, suggesting that she was checking her voicemail.
In fact Milly was dead and the person clearing the messages worked for the News of the World tabloid.
The Dowler parents have previously made similar statements, but Monday was the first time the pair spoke out on national television.